The university saw a 5.9 percent increase in first time freshman from 1,175 to 1,244. NSU’s freshman retention rate improved from 68.2 percent to 71 percent.
“Attracting new students and retaining existing students are great indicators that Northwestern State is doing the right things,” said Northwestern State President Dr. Jim Henderson. “As we create a world class student experience and develop offerings aligned with opportunities in our regional economy, enrollment growth will only accelerate. We have a number of innovative programs slated to start later this fall that will bring even more students to NSU.”
Freshman Jordon Fuqua of Deville said a visit to the Natchitoches campus last year sold him on Northwestern State.
“Northwestern has a family atmosphere. I felt that the first time I set foot on campus,” said Fuqua. “When classes started, the faculty were very welcoming. They took time to get to know everyone’s name on the first day of class.”
Fuqua, a criminal justice major, hopes to be the third generation of his family to be in the Louisiana State Police. His eventual goal is to join the FBI.
“Criminal justice has a strong faculty,” said Fuqua. “All of them have experience in the field and they bring that to the classroom. They share what they have been through with you. I am learning not only what an individual did wrong but why they did it.”
Fuqua joined a fraternity and says NSU’s extracurricular activities are another asset.
“I enjoy that the university has a strong intramural program,” he said. “I like that the Greek organizations get along well.”
Freshman Madison Milligan felt immediately connected to Northwestern State when she visited the campus last fall for Senior Day.
“When I came to campus, it felt as if the people at Northwestern really wanted me here,” said Milligan, an elementary education major from Shreveport. “Someone was available to help and answer any question I had.”
Milligan said the long tradition of Northwestern State’s education program appealed to her.
“I know I want to be a teacher and Northwestern has the best program in the state,” said Milligan. “The faculty are knowledgeable and are interested in the students.”
Milligan is in the Presidential Leadership Program and has pledged to a sorority.